MADISON, Wis. — Bell Laboratories introduces new Protecta EVO Edge, a versatile rodent bait station that is fast to open and service, according to the manufacturer.
Protecta EVO Edge is easy to use and opens and locks quickly with Bell’s EVO key. The built-in service record card holder, side-opening design and rounded interior walls make servicing fast, maximizing technician productivity and thereby enhancing profitability. The station has a large bait capacity, holding up to eight 28 g or two 225 g Blox securely inside the station and comes with vertical securing rods. Protecta EVO Edge also accommodates two Trapper Mini T-Rex mouse snap traps, or a Trapper T-Rex rat snap trap, which can be set forward in the runway. Service technicians can swiftly adjust baiting or trapping tactics at their accounts, without having to switch out their equipment, according to the manufacturer.
Protecta EVO Edge is the latest addition to the extensive range of EVO tamper-resistant rodent bait stations from Bell Laboratories, including Protecta EVO Express, Protecta EVO Ambush, Protecta EVO Circuit, Protecta EVO Landscape, Protecta EVO Mouse and Protecta EVO Weighted Landscape.
For more information about the company’s comprehensive product line that includes rodenticides, bait stations, mechanical traps, glue traps, trap gels, mole traps and accessories, visit www.belllabs.com, or call 608/241-0202.
SOS was owned and operated by Carol Williams. Her late husband, John, worked for Orkin in the mid-19702. In 1979, John Williams came home one evening and said, “I'm tired of selling pest control for other companies; I want to start my own,” Carol Williams recalled.
By day, John Williams gave out his new business cards to anyone he came into contact with and started growing his business one customer at a time. By night, he worked as a security guard for Apple Computer Company; when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak had their first and only building. Carol Williams ran the office for 20 years and she would later take over operations when John’s health declined.
Walkie talkies and beepers gave way to cell phones, and one by one their kids have joined in to help grow the business. Son Mike has been servicing SOS customers since he joined the team in 1987. Dawn joined the business almost 17 years ago to help run the office and daughter Margaret joined the team in 2010.
Margaret is an integral part of the business and the local pest control community. Adding the title of President of Pest Control Operators of California, Santa Clara Valley district from 2016-2018 to her long list of personal and professional accomplishments.
In 2001 John showed signs of memory loss and had to retire; he passed away in 2006. Carol stepped into the role as licensed operator in charge, supervisor, fleet manager, safety and training administrator, equipment buyer and full-time decision maker. Carol and her team gritted their teeth and managed to hold on during the recession, a test they are grateful to have endured.
Carol and her family have an incredible 40-year journey in this family business. They have learned much and have seen much change during their tenure. They have weathered many storms by embracing the changes and adapting when necessary. Many of their customers have become familiar friends on the phone. “Helping them overcome their pest problems, giving advice, and soothing concerns has been a pleasure.”
Carol and her team are excited to join the Rollins family and will continue to service their customers under the SOS brand. SOS was represented by Kemp Anderson Consulting.
If there’s one type of insect that causes a multitude of problems for homeowners in the summertime, it’s ants. From the painful stings of fire ants, to the destructive behaviors of carpenter ants, to the foraging of odorous house ants, these tiny pests manage to wreak havoc on the properties they infiltrate. Knowing how to deal with them quickly and efficiently can make the experience easier on pest management professionals (PMPs) and their customers. Whether the problem is indoors or outdoors, there are many strategies and product solutions for getting rid of large ant infestations. Here are seven tips to help you eliminate large ant infestations.
#1: Inspect the property. Regardless of the circumstances, PMPs should examine a property before they settle on a treatment method. This allows them to assess the situation and address the specific needs of the case. The key is “always inspecting first — no matter what type of ant we’re dealing with,” said Jimmy Arnold, owner of Peachtree Pest Control, based in Brunswick, Ga.
#2: Get to the source. Determining where an infestation originated can help simplify the treatment process and show that not every infestation is as complicated as it seems. The root of the problem can sometimes be as small as standing water or a bowl of pet food that has been left out.
“If you do a thorough inspection and figure out why and where the problem is coming in, sometimes it’s so simple,” said Patsy McIntire, co-owner of Bug Express Pest Control, based in San Angelo, Texas.
#3: Implement an Integrative Pest Management (IPM) protocol. At Peachtree Pest Control, PMPs rely on an IPM protocol consisting of seven steps: the interview; the inspection; pest identification; development of a control plan; implementation of a control plan; documentation of a control plan; and evaluation and follow up.
The protocol focuses on “educating customers and providing better service” and can be applied to the control of different ant species across the country, Arnold said.
#4: Follow the trail. Locating the ant trail can help PMPs eliminate a large infestation, said Wesley Parker, owner of Washington-based Parker Eco Pest Control. Ants rely on trails to guide them to food sources and then back to their nests. When PMPs follow the trail, they are led directly to the source of the infestation.
#5: Use the right bait. The feeding patterns of ants change throughout the year, making them an important factor for PMPs to consider as they select their bait. During the spring, ants focus on growth and reproduction, so they search for food sources that are high in fats and proteins to feed their developing colony. But “as ant colonies increase in size throughout the summer months, they require carbohydrates to sustain the population,” according to Rockwell Labs.
Some of Rockwell Labs’ bait options include the InVict Xpress Granular Bait, a blend of six different food forms that quickly treats large infestations, the InTice Gelanimo Ant Bait, a sweet, high moisture bait with a “rigid gel” formula that attracts many different ant species, and the InVictAB Insect Paste, which contains a blend of proteins, sugars, carbohydrates and fats that is ideal for spring treatments.
#6: Assess options for physical control. If ants enter a property through cracks or crevices, PMPs can consider physical control options. “Caulking and other physical exclusions” are environmentally friendly ways to not only control current infestations, but also to prevent future ones from getting in through the same area, Parker said.
#7: Take preventive measures. PMPs might not be able to prevent infestations that have already occurred, but they can incorporate preventative procedures into their control practices to stop future infestations from happening.